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Obama names key members of White House staff

world Updated: Nov 17, 2008 02:30 IST

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President-elect Barack Obama on Sunday announced several key members of his White House staff ahead of his January 20, 2009 inauguration.

Obama in a statement announced that Pete Rouse will serve as senior advisor, while Mona Sutphen and Jim Messina will serve as deputy chief of staff.

"These individuals are important additions to a team with the experience and ability to help our nation overcome pressing challenges at home and around the world," Obama said in a statement.

Rouse is a years-long US congressional staffer. Sutphen, a former foreign service officer, a member of Obama's transition team. Messina, also a member of the transition team, has served as an aide to various US lawmakers.